The Inviter, known in Pomerania as the Hochzeitsbitter, plays an essential role in German weddings. This colorful character with his trailing silk ribbons and his often flower festooned cane is traditionally the Bride’s brother(s), but it is also common to see the role filled by her future brother-in-law(s), uncle or close family friend. He has no need to blend in to his surroundings for his job is to travel the community on horseback….by the 1880s by carriage…and invite members of the community to the nuptials. In return, for his invite he receives payment either in coin or in drink…or both.
In keeping with the great importance of the community, the Hochzeitsbitter is as important as the Wedding Couple and Minister. So central a figure, the Hochzeitsbitter still appeared at least in a portion of weddings in strongly Pomeranian settled communities in Wisconsin.